Penn State will face their first Big Ten opponent this weekend in Madison, Wis. They will play the number 17-ranked Badgers on Friday night and Saturday. The game will start at 8 p.m. on Friday and 9 p.m. on Saturday.

This weekend is an exciting match-up for the Nittany Lions after their huge win against Wisconsin last year. In their first year in the NCAA, Penn State split the series with the Badgers after an emotional overtime win in their last game of the season. Penn State played as independent last year.

Penn State is suffering a bit this year with a 3-7-1 record. They’re coming off an 0-2 weekend against Union. Even though they didn’t get any points out of the weekend, Penn State played two solid games against the number 15-ranked team.

While they came close in both games, coach Guy Gadowsky is looking for a more consistent 60-minute effort from this team. On Sunday night, Penn State let up a goal with three seconds left in the game to give Union the win.

The point system for Big Ten games is slightly different than non-conference games. Teams receive three points for a regulation or overtime win, two points for a shootout win and one point for a shootout loss.

By the time Penn State finishes the weekend against the Badgers, they will have had six straight games against ranked opponents. Both games at Wisconsin will be broadcasted  on FOX Sports Wisconsin and BTN2Go.com.

Pink Puck Contributor. Dani is currently attending Penn State University and majoring in Public Relations. She hopes to use that degree somewhere in the sports field (specifically hockey, of course). Even though she’s from New Jersey, the Devils will always come second to her Boston Bruins. Living in a family full of Devils fans and college full of Penguins fans, her Bruins memorabilia is often chirped– but she accepts that’s what you get when you cheer for an out-of-state team. She loves following the game no matter who’s playing, though. Twitter: @DaniSanGiacomo

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